Subaru Builds a Better Battery

The auto manufacturer unveils a plug-in battery-electric commuter car that has a 124-mile range and can be topped up to 80% in only 15 minutes

Bucking the industry trend towards Hydrogen fuel cells, Subaru has released a vastly improved second cut at a plug-in battery-electric commuter car. The 65-kilowatt, 5-seater G4e's new high energy-density lithium-ion batteries give it a 200km range from a charge (more than double the previous R1e's range) and using a quick-charger it can be topped up to 80% in only 15 minutes. The new Subaru's stats make it an instantly viable commuter, while underlining the exciting potential this fledgling sector will offer.

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